Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris
Synonym: Red thyme
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of Origin: Spain and Mediterranean
Plant Part: leaves and flowering tops
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Characteristics: Sweet, tangy, herbaceous
Antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericide, cardiac, carminative, cicatrisant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, insecticide, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge
α-thujene, α-pinene, camphene, β-pinene, p-cymene, α-terpinene, linalool, borneol, β-caryophyllene, thymol, carvacrol, geraniol
Mind & Spirit:
- Aids concentration and memory
- Strengthens nerves, combats fatigue, anxiety and depression
- Lifts spirits
- Releases mental blockages and trauma.
- Ideal for treating colds, coughs, sore throats, bronchitis, whooping cough and asthma
- Raises low BP
- Relieves pain associated with rheumatism, arthritis, gout and sciatica.
Contraindications: May cause skin irritation, not to be used with High BP.
Note: Top to middle
Odour Intensity: Un-referred
Blends well with:
Bergamot, cajeput, cedarwood, chamomile, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, rosemary, tea tree
Ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming. The Romans and Greeks used it for medicinal purposes. Hippocrates recommended infusions of the herb to be drunk at the end of banquets for digestive purposes. The Romans used it to dispel melancholy and promote bravery.